About Arctic Investigations Program

AIP is CDC’s infectious disease field station for the Arctic and is located in Anchorage, Alaska. Our mission is the prevention of infectious diseases in people of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. We place a special emphasis on diseases of high incidence and concern among the Alaska Native and other northern indigenous peoples. We conduct infectious disease surveillance, evaluate prevention services, and conduct applied research in collaboration with our partners. Priority activities include:

  • Vaccine preventable diseases, including
    • Haemophilus influenzae type b
    • Streptococcus pneumoniae
    • Human papillomavirus
    • Hepatitis A and B
  • Chronic Diseases caused by infections
    • Helicobacter pylori: stomach ulcer and stomach cancer
    • Viral hepatitis: cirrhosis and liver cancer
    • Human papillomavirus: cervical cancer, head and neck cancer
  • Health disparities
    • RSV (respiratory syncytial virus); infant pneumonia
    • Foodborne Botulism
    • Dental caries
    • Infections related to lack of in-home water and sanitation service
  • Emerging infectious diseases
    • Antibiotic resistant organisms
    • Zoonotic diseases
    • Climate-sensitive infections

Approximately 35 staff members are based at the AIP facility on the Alaska Native Medical Center Campus. Staff members include epidemiologists, laboratorians, research nurses, statisticians, and support staff. AIP provides support for research studies on the control and prevention of infectious disease. Research areas include medical care, applied epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, and biostatistical sciences.